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PBA on One Sports / PBA on IBC
Also known as PBA on AKTV (2011-13)
PBA on Sports5 (2013-17)
PBA on ESPN5 (2017-20)
PBA on IBC (2016-present)
Developed by One Sports
IBC Sports (2016-present)
Starring various PBA on One Sports / PBA on IBC commentators
Country of origin Philippines
Language(s) mostly in English, Filipino
Running time varies
Original channel One Sports
(see broadcast history for details)
Picture format 480i SDTV (One Sports, IBC, PBA Rush)
1080i HDTV (PBA Rush HD)
Original run October 2, 2011 – present
Preceded by PBA on Solar Sports
Related shows PBA on Vintage Sports
PBA on Viva TV

The PBA on One Sports and PBA on IBC (formerly known as the PBA on AKTV, PBA on Sports5 and PBA on ESPN5) are the presentations of Philippine Basketball Association basketball games which started in the 2011-12 season.[1][2] Telecasts are produced by One Sports, the sports division of TV5 Network, Inc., and aired through TV5, One Sports, PBA Rush and its weekend simulcast on IBC and IBC Plus for weekend primetime (Saturday and Sunday) produced by IBC Sports, the sports division of IBC and streamed live via Facebook pages of IBC, IBC Sports and PBA, and through livestreaming at One Sports official website and YouTube channel. Also, there is a separate coverage in English commentary on PBA Rush starting July 15, 2016.

TV5, which was formerly known as the Associated Broadcasting Company (ABC), previously handled the coverage of the games from 2004 to 2008.




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PBA on AKTV logo used from October 2011 to August 2012.

From October 2011 to May 2013, the coverage was known as PBA on AKTV. The games were broadcast on Sports5's AKTV program block on IBC. This was the third time that the PBA aired on IBC. The first was from 1996 to 2002 when Vintage Sports and later Viva Sports handled the television coverage, and the second in 2003, when IBC became one of the two networks (the other being NBN) that covered the PBA.

Games are being broadcast live and a pre-game and post-game show entitled AKTV Center was added.


After TV5 decided not to renew their blocktime agreement with IBC upon its expiration by May 2013, the broadcast coverage of the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals was still aired on IBC and TV5 with simulcasts on AksyonTV, the news TV network of TV5.[3][4]

Sports5 proposed to move the coverage of the PBA games to their sister channel AksyonTV starting with the 2013 PBA Governors' Cup.[5] The league however rejected this move since the contract between them and Sports5 states the league should be aired on a VHF channel. Sports5 then offered to air the second game of a doubleheader playdate on their main TV network TV5, one hour after the first game finishes, with the first game to be aired on a delayed basis after the second game (similar on what Vintage Sports did to the coverage of the PBA Games from 1982 to 1986). However, both games will be aired live on AksyonTV. This proposal was denied by the PBA Board of Governors since this violates the terms of their contract with Sports5.[6]

The broadcast of the games returned to IBC starting with the duration of the 2013 PBA Governors' Cup as a compromise after the PBA disagreed to Sports5's request to permanently transfer the coverage to TV5 and/or Aksyon TV.[7] The finals series for Governors' Cup were both aired live on TV5 and IBC.

In November 2013, Sports5 and Fox Sports Asia have entered in an agreement to air the Wednesday PBA games for the 2013-14 season live on the cable channel. It will have its own English speaking broadcast panel to properly cater the cable channel's audience.[8] On November 17, 2013, the broadcast of the PBA on IBC was moved to 4:30 pm and 8:00 pm on Wednesday and Friday beginning November 20 until the December 2013 when the games moved to 5:00 pm timeslot every Wednesday and Friday before Express Balita and to give away for the pilot episode of IBC's very first fantaserye Janella in Wonderland which was premiered on January 6 and aired from Monday to Friday at 8:00 pm.

For the 2013-14 Philippine Cup eliminations, the games were aired on the following schedule:[9]

Game day TV5 IBC AksyonTV Fox Sports Asia (Wednesdays only)
Weekdays First Game: Delayed (11PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
First Game: Live (5PM)
Second Game: none
First Game: Live (5PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
First Game: Live (5PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
Saturdays First Game: Live (3:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
First Game: Live (3:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
First Game: Live (3:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
Sundays First Game: Live (3PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
First Game: Live (3PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
First Game: Live (3PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)

The schedule for the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup has been slightly altered starting March 17, 2014, having both the Saturday doubleheader games now being aired live on TV5 aside from IBC since November 23, 2013. To maximize the weekday airtime schedule of TV5, there will be one scheduled game during Mondays and Wednesdays aside from being weekday airing the games on IBC:[10] The simulcast at AksyonTV however is now discontinued.[11] The weekday live airing of the games was returned on starting March 26[12] after several PBA fans reacted negatively about the delayed airing of the first game.[13] The following schedule was also applied for the 2014 PBA Governors' Cup.

Game day TV5 IBC AksyonTV Fox Sports Asia (Wednesdays only)
Weekdays First Game: Delayed (11PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
First Game: Live (5PM)
Second Game: n/a
First Game: Live (5PM)
Second Game: n/a
First Game: Live (5:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
Saturdays First Game: Live (2:45PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:15PM)
First Game: Live (2:45PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:15PM)
none none
Sundays First Game: Live (3PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
First Game: Live (3PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
none none


Beginning with the 2014–15 Philippine Cup, all games will be broadcast live on TV5 with simulcasts on IBC (for only three-time double header game day every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (two games) because of the PBA D-League every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for one game and Saturday for triple headers) and AksyonTV and game days (all double headers) will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Provincial games will be held during Saturdays which is the only single header game day. The coverage is also live-streamed via, where pre-game and post-game analysis are also featured. The radio coverage was also transferred to TV5's FM radio network Radyo5 from the previous DZSR AM network.

The same schedule is also being followed during the 2015–16 season, except that AksyonTV simulcast was discontinued. When Sports5 got the exclusive airing rights of UFC, they re-activated the previously-dormant Hyper HD channel and began simulcasting the PBA games in HD starting on January 2016.

To further utilize the simulcast setup of Sports5, they have assigned a different broadcast panel for TV5, IBC and Hyper/Cignal. TV5 and IBC have the Taglish commentary while Hyper/Cignal have English language commentary.

A separate channel was assigned for PBA broadcasts beginning July 15, 2016 named PBA Rush. The said channel also feature game replays and specials. Beginning August 3, 2016, the league scheduled its games on IBC returned to its original regular double-header on Wednesdays and Fridays with 1st game at 4:15-6:16 pm and 2nd game at 7-9 pm, while retaining its weekend double-headers on Saturdays and Sundays. To improve the primetime ratings of Channel 13, the PBA was regained as a primetime program and helped IBC to attain its status as the No. 3 TV network.

On October 26, 2016, TV5 President and CEO Chot Reyes told the media that the league renewed its contract with Sports5 for three more seasons and IBC Sports.[14] On the other hand, IBC created a sports division headed by Anthony Suntay, the broadcast coverage of the PBA games on IBC will be carried over by IBC Sports. It marks the fourth time that the PBA aired on IBC.

As Sports5 inked a partnership with global sports media network ESPN on October 12, the broadcast coverage of the PBA games will be carried over by the new ESPN 5 which will be launched on Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup Finals on October 13.

In January 2019, the broadcast coverage of the PBA games helped IBC increased its ranking to No. 1 TV network from No. 3.

2020–present (One Sports)[]

The broadcast was rebranded as PBA on One Sports on March 8, 2020 to reflect changes within TV5's sports division. 

Upon the resumption of the 2020 Philippine Cup from the suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all games will be broadcast live on One Sports and PBA Rush; while TV5 and IBC will broadcast live every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday games.

Beginning with the 2021 Philippine Cup, since the league decide to FastTrack the season and make the game three times a day, also due to the conflict of the entertainment shows of the TV5 and IBC and the beginning of the 2021 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, the weekday games will be broadcast live the 2nd and 3rd game on TV5, IBC and the Kaibigan network's UHF channel IBC Plus while the 1st game on One Sports and IBC Plus. For Saturday games will be broadcast live on One Sports and IBC Plus, with only one game on IBC. For Sunday games will be broadcast live on TV5, IBC and IBC Plus while the last game will be broadcast at delay basis. All of the games will be broadcast live on PBA Rush.

Game day TV5 One Sports IBC IBC Plus
Weekdays First Game: n/a
Second Game: Live: (3:00PM)
Third Game: Live: (6:00PM)
First Game: Live (12:30PM)
Second Game: n/a
Third Game: n/a
First Game: n/a
Second Game: Live: (3:00PM)
Third Game: Live: (6:00PM)
First Game: Delayed (10:45PM)
Second Game: Live: (3:00PM)
Third Game: Live: (6:00PM)
Saturdays none First Game: Live (2:00PM)
Second Game: Live (4:35PM)
First Game: n/a
Second Game: Live (4:35PM)
First Game: Live (2:00PM)
Second Game: Live (4:35PM)
Sundays First Game: Live (2:00PM)
Second Game: Live (4:35PM)
Third Game: Delayed (12:45AM)
none First Game: Live (2:00PM)
Second Game: Live (4:35PM)
First Game: Live (2:00PM)
Second Game: Live (4:35PM)
Third Game: Delayed (10:45PM)

High-definition broadcast[]

Sports5 had its first high definition broadcast of the league's games during the finals series of the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup. It was aired exclusively to Cignal Digital TV subscribers through a pay per view assigned channel for free. Since then, the HD broadcast has been airing for free on Cignal except during the 2015 Commissioner's and  Governors' Cups, which became pay-per-view exclusive. On January 8, 2016, the HD broadcast has been airing on Hyper HD. The HD broadcast was later transferred to the league's exclusive channel in Cignal named PBA Rush.


ESPN5 uploads the highlights of all PBA games on the website. Complete videos of the games are also being uploaded on ESPN5's's Youtube page.


For the duration of the 2011-12 Philippine Cup Eliminations, Showdown by The Black Eyed Peas was used as AKTV's main theme music for the PBA games in addition to the generic sports theme used during halftime and interview segments. A different sports theme music was used starting from the semifinal round of the Philippine Cup. This was still used up to the finals of the 2012 Governors Cup.

For the 2012–13 PBA season, a theme music entitled Kampihan Na! was used on their on-air presentation. During the Philippine Cup, AKTV used a version of this theme without vocals. The vocals were later added during the elimination round of the Commissioner's Cup and was used until the Governors' Cup. A different theme was introduced during the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the Commissioner's Cup entitled Tuloy ang Laban, which was also used sporadically during the Governors' Cup.

A remixed version of the Kampihan Na! theme was used for the 2013–14 season. The remixed theme was used during the Philippine Cup, however a different background music was used for the Commissioner's and Governors' Cups.

During the 2014–15 season, Ito ang Liga which was composed by Jungee Marcelo and Thyro Alfaro and interpreted by Ebe Dancel, Sam Concepcion and rapper Gloc-9 is used as the main theme of the league's 40th season. It is used as bed (background music) and on the opening billboard during the coverage.

A new theme entitled Liga Ng Mga Bida performed by Abra and Aya of Project Pilipinas, was introduced for the 2015–16 season. It is used as the background and OBB music of the coverage. Generic background music was used for the 2016 Commissioner's and Governors' Cup and also used during the 2016–17 Philippine Cup.

For the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, a new theme was introduced entitled We Are PBA performed by Quest. It is use as the background music of the coverage. It was used as the background music of both TV and radio coverage until the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup.

Ito ang Liga was reinstated for the Commissioner's Cup, albeit with a marching band rendition and addition of the battlecry Laro Mo'To! (Tagalog for This Is Your Game!).

In the 2019 PBA season, the theme song was based on the previous theme song (Finals) but instead of Laro Mo 'To! battlecry, the Tagalog battlecry Laban Kung Laban! was added. Shantidope was featured in the song, rapping after the Ito ang Liga chorus. (This battlecry is Tagalog for Fight in the Fight.). Only Morphe Brothers had a video of such in YouTube.

For the 2020 season, the Ito ang Liga theme song was remixed to reflect the season's theme Tayo ang Bida, which it was sung by Sam Concepcion and Gloc-9. This theme was also re-used on 2021 season with no major remixes or re-recordings.

Broadcast history[]

  • AKTV on IBC (October 2, 2011 - May 19, 2013)
  • Sports5 on TV5 (May 15–19, October 11, 2013 - October 8, 2017)
  • Sports5 on IBC (August 14, 2013 - October 23, 2016)
  • IBC (November 20, 2016 - present)
  • ESPN 5 (October 13, 2017 - January 17, 2020)
  • One Sports (March 8, 2020 - present)

Pre/post game segments[]

Main article: SportsCenter Philippines

At present, IBC has been feature the result of PBA on Saturday and Sunday in our daily news programs (Express Balita and News Team 13).

On November 20, 2016, the pre-game show was named as IBC Sports Center, particularly every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) on IBC. IBC Sports Center on IBC every weekend to air from the playing venture (Smart Araneta Coliseum, Mall of Asia Arena, etc.) comes in before the start, during halftime, and after each regular-weekend scheduled games. Since then, IBC Sports Center also serves as a daily sports news segment of IBC's late-night news program News Team 13 by delivering the sports news with highlights and updates, including the PBA, the NBA, boxing and more.

List of broadcasters[]

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Magoo Marjon and Quinito Henson anchors a game between San Miguel Beermen and NLEX Road Warriors at the Cuneta Astrodome last December 9, 2015.

TV panel[]

One Sports[]

Play by Play

  • Chuck Araneta (halftime show host, sideline reporter, play-by-play (PBA Rush): 2017–present)
  • Charlie Cuna (play-by-play: 2012–present)
  • Paolo del Rosario (halftime show host, play-by-play, sideline reporter (PBA Rush): 2018–present)
  • Magoo Marjon (play-by-play: 2011–present)
  • Carlo Pamintuan (game analyst, play-by-play, sideline reporter (PBA Rush): 2015–present)
  • Chiqui Reyes (play-by-play (PBA Rush): 2011–12, 2014, 2016–present)
  • Sev Sarmenta (play-by-play, 2011, 2015–present)
  • James Velasquez (play-by-play (PBA Rush): 2012–present)


  • Jolly Escobar (2012-2017, 2021–present)
  • Ryan Gregorio (2011–13, 2014–present)
  • Quinito Henson (2011–present)
  • Andy Jao (2014–present)
  • Ali Peek (2014–present)
  • Eric Reyes (2012–present)
  • Charles Tiu (2015–present)
  • Jong Uichico (2016–present)
  • Dominic Uy (2011–present)

Courtside reporter

  • Selina Dagdag-Alas (2016–present)
  • Apple David (2014–present, also on IBC)
  • Carla Lizardo (2014–present, also on PTV)
  • Denise Tan (2016–present)


Play by Play

  • Snow Badua (2020-present)
  • Rado Dimalibot (2012-2014, 2015-present)
  • Ronnie Magsanoc (2011–2015, 2017-present)
  • Aaron Atayde (2011–2017, 2020-present)
  • Jayvee Gayoso (2016–present)


  • Ryan Gregorio (2011–13, 2014–present)
  • Don Allado (2016–present)
  • Tony Dela Cruz (2017–present)
  • Vince Hizon (2016–present)
  • Luigi Trillo (2014, 2016–present)
  • Eric Menk (2017-present)
  • Jason Webb (2011-2014, 2016-present)

Courtside reporter

  • Nicole Ramos (Nicole Q. Ramos) (2016-present)
  • Rizza Diaz (2013–present)
  • Maxine Eigenmann (2016-present)
  • Mara Aquino (2014–present)
  • Former:
  • Magoo Marjon (play-by-play: 2011–2017)
  • Mich Del Carmen (sideline reporter, game analyst: 2017-2020)


  • Ramon Bautista (Sports5 Center segment host, 2013–14)
  • Patricia Bermudez-Hizon (AKTV Center host, 2011–12)
  • Lia Cruz (Home Court segment, 2012)
  • Richard del Rosario (AKTV Center host, 2011–13)*
  • Mich Del Carmen (sideline reporter: 2017)
  • Ai Dela Cruz (sideline reporter: 2014–2015)
  • Kenneth Duremdes (game analyst, 2012–13, 2016–2017)
  • Amanda Fernandez (game analyst, play-by-play, sideline reporter (PBA Rush): 2018–2019)
  • Sel Guevara (sideline reporter: 2011-2013, 2014–2018)
  • Mico Halili (play-by-play: 2011–2015)
  • Jojo Lastimosa (game analyst, Sports5 Center analyst: 2011–12, 2014)
  • Frankie Lim (game analyst, 2011–2014)
  • Miakka Lim (sideline reporter, 2012)
  • Cesca Litton-Kalaw (sideline reporter: 2018-2019)
  • Chino Lui Pio (Sports5 Center host: 2016–2018)
  • Jessica Mendoza (sideline reporter, 2011–13)
  • L.A. Mumar (sideline reporter, 2011–12)
  • Apple David (halftime show host, sideline reporter: 2014–2020)
  • Barry Pascua (game analyst, 2011)
  • Nikko Ramos (play-by-play, Sports5 Center host, MoneyBall host: 2012–2014)
  • Jinno Rufino (sideline reporter (PBA Rush): 2019)
  • Erika Padilla (Sports5 Center host, sideline reporter: 2011–2017)
  • Benjie Paras (game analyst, AKTV/Sports5 Center analyst, 2012-2014)
  • Angelika Schmeing-Cruz (sideline reporter, 2011)
  • Judy Saril (MoneyBall host: 2014, sideline reporter: 2017)
  • Noel Zarate (play-by-play: 2014)
  • Sam Y.G. (Sports5 Center segment host, 2013–14)
  • Hajji Kaamiño (IBC) (play-by-play, IBC Sports Center host: 2016–2020)
  • Selina Dagdag (halftime show host, sideline reporter: 2016–2020)
  • Anthony Suntay (IBC: 2016-2020)

Fox Sports panel[]

  • Jude Turcuato (play-by-play, 2013–2015) (Also worked as VP for Territory Head of Fox International Channels Philippines)
  • Patricia Bermudez-Hizon (play-by-play, 2013–2015)
  • Vince Hizon (game analyst, 2013–2015)
  • Charles Tiu (game analyst, 2013–2015)
  • Ronnie Magsanoc (game analyst: 2014–2015)
  • Shawn Weinstein (play-by-play, 2014–2015)
  • Kirk Long (game analyst, 2014–2015)
  • Nicholas Nathanielsz (play-by-play, 2015–present)
  • Aaron Atayde (play-by-play: 2013-2014)
  • Mico Halili (lead play-by-play: 2013-2015)
  • Jason Webb (game analyst, 2013-2014)
  • Alex Compton (game analyst, 2013-2014)
  • Chiqui Reyes (play-by-play, 2013-2014)
  • James Velasquez (play-by-play, 2013-2014)
  • Nikko Ramos (play-by-play, 2014-2015)
  • Andrei Felix (play-by-play, 2015)

Radio coverage panel[]

  • Chuck Araneta (play-by-play, studio host)
  • Koy Banal (game analyst)
  • Apple David (studio host)
  • Mich Del Carmen (studio host)
  • Rizza Diaz (studio host)
  • Jolly Escobar (play-by-play, game analyst)
  • Wesley Gonzales (game analyst)
  • Carla Lizardo (studio host)
  • Ali Peek (game analyst)
  • Cesca Litton-Kalaw (studio host)
  • Chiqui Reyes (play-by-play, game analyst)
  • Benjie Santiago (play-by-play)
  • Renren Ritualo (game analyst)
  • Boybits Victoria (game analyst)
  • James Velasquez (play by play, studio host)
  • Jinno Rufino (studio host)


  • Mara Aquino (studio host)
  • Denise Tan (studio host)
  • Noel Zarate (play by play)
  • Barry Pascua† (game analyst)
  • Joanne Ignacio (play-by-play, studio host)

- denotes that the broadcaster can only host if their affiliated PBA team had no game for that coverage day. 

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